UK Research Funded Doctoral Centres

We offer fully-funded research degrees through a shared industrial scholarship scheme and UK Research Council sponsored awards. Our funded doctoral centres are an ideal way for students to achieve a fully-funded place.

We are the lead partner in three UK Research Council-funded doctoral centres and a collaborative partner in four more.


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REMS is an EPSRC funded centre aiming to train fifty Engineering Doctorate and PhD students over an eight-year period. REMS leads research in the offshore renewable energy sector, led by Cranfield in partnership with University of Oxford and over 20 companies.

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STREAM is the industrial doctoral centre for the water sector funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and companies who sponsor research projects.

The STREAM programme is delivered by five UK academic centres of excellence in water science and engineering in the UK, coordinated by Cranfield University. The programme enables talented researchers to develop their skills and careers, while obtaining an Engineering Doctorate or PhD degree.

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Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

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A unique collaboration between the Universities of Cranfield, Warwick and Exeter, working to address industry-driven research challenges around sustainability, while training the research engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.

Supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, STREAM brings together diverse areas of expertise, and access cutting edge facilities from three leading Universities, to collaborate with industry in tackling today’s evolving issues, and future challenges.

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Ultra Precision Engineering

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Centre in Ultra Precision Engineering offers a Masters taught course at theCranfield University or University of Cambridge , with cross-centre teaching at both institutions. Students then progress to a full three-year PhD programme at Cranfield, Cambridge or another UK university through the National Centre Programme.This centre develops advance ultra precision products, technologies production processes, innovation and business practices.

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Data Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods

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Cranfield leads the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Newcastle and over twenty informatics industry organisations in this Centre. It will support 37 PhD students to undertake doctoral research seizing the opportunities in ‘big data’ and analytics, designing and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies across the environmental sciences for academe, industry, NGOs and government.

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Funded by NERC and BBSRC, the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training is a consortium of eight organizations, comprising four universities and four research institutes who are collaborating to offer training to PhD students in soil science.

Each year 11 or more students have been recruited to the STARS CDT and have the added benefit of cohort training in the STARS College, both face-to-face and online. They have access to internationally renowned soil scientists and research facilities as well as benefiting from the support of fellow students from across the country.

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Composites Manufacture

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Focusing on composites manufacture in areas including aerospace, automotive, marine wind energy and construction, the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with research engineers equipped with the necessary advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture.

The IDC facilitates the EngD in Composites Manufacture, a four-year postgraduate research programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. Relevant industry areas include aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction.

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